Field Trip for Social Entrepreneurship Class

Today, our class in Social Entrepreneurship (SE) under Prof. Marie Lisa Dacanay went on a field trip to visit two social enterprises: The Community Crafts Association of the Philippines (CCAP) and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).

The first part was a visit to the CCAP complex in Quezon City where we were given a briefing about the organization, as well as a tour of their facility. The CCAP is essentially a non-government organization (NGO) that helps small entrepreneurs, specifically crafts producers, to get market access, training and support to professionalize the business and trigger social development. The CCAP also is focused on promoting and practicing fair trade for the crafts industry in the country.

Here are some pictures I took from the CCAP's showroom where the products from their partners are being showcased:

Nice looking products, huh?

We then proceeded to have a lunch stopover in one of the malls in Quezon City. After which, we hopped to the PETA Center to watch their production of "Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang" (Stories of Grandmother Basyang"). There was a little issue about the play-- it was in Filipino and 67% of our SE class do not understand it. So we were grouped in to three, with at least one Filipino-speaking person, then that person is in charge of explaining or translating the play to the other two. Good thing the play is not that hard to understand and explain, so I was still able to enjoy it while playing translator to my classmates.

After the play, Ms. Beng Cabangon, the PETA's Executive Director, gave a short talk and Q&A for the class.

We all went home tired, but I'm sure we all learned something about social enterprises. :)

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